The Special Branch at Bonsai Europa

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Photo: Jelle Ferwerda

An event the size of Bonsai Europa could not happen without a good team behind the face at the front, I singled out Terry Foster for special praise because without him driving me forward I would never have completed the pre-build of the exhibition staging. All of this was prior the BIG build on Friday 9th October at the venue. 12 months prior to the event I put a call out to the bonsai community to help me stage this ambitious event. I invited two clubs to rally their members to help, The Wirral and Akamatsu and in return they would stage their own display as part of the overall exhibition. Those that were not in these clubs did not disappoint, a team of 25 volunteers assembled at 8.00am and the build commenced, it was completed at 5.30pm.

Over the weekend these same guys played a major role in security, demo assistance, front of house and 101 other duties that arose. And at the end of the event the breakdown… You guys made it a success. Same time in two years?

4 comments on “The Special Branch at Bonsai Europa

  1. It was a terrific show and thoroughly excited and inspired me. I have been returning to bonsai in earnest after dabbling for many years – how things have changed and how exciting. Thanks to all concerned for staging this show and yourself Tony for the concept and resilience to make it happen.


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